Illustrated by Cheri Webber
Come Back Dear Sun is a delightfully unique children’s book told in well-written rhyme and through beautiful illustrations. Young and old alike are sure to cherish this easy-flowing picture book with a memorable message. When the sun disappears for a long time, curious Kaylee cannot wait to have the sunshine back. Her imaginative plan unfolds like only an eight-year-old can conceive, and the wonder and smiles begin. She and her six-year-old sister, Mattie, along with their two friends, Fran and Lilly, plan an adventurous sleepover in an attempt to find out why the sun has disappeared. The children figure out a way to talk to the moon only to discover that the sun has left because of the lack of outdoor play. The insightful message of this story impresses both parents and children alike in order to grow appreciation of the world around us. Bean skillfully creates characters with whom children can easily relate and be inspired by. People will enjoy this wonderful, energetic children’s story with an everlasting message to remember. Parents remember childhood playtime memories as they resurface, and young listeners are enthralled with the thought-provoking questions of “What if?” Follow Kaylee and her friends on their energetic quest to bring back the sunshine to their otherwise gloomy days!
- Paperback: 36 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (January 3, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1479393118
- ISBN-13: 978-1479393114
In 2003, Geena Bean graduated from Rutgers University with an English degree. For the past ten years she has been in the nanny industry, working with children and journaling her experiences with them. She has observed that the age of technology, including television, video games and computers, has often stifled the creative imaginations of children and discouraged them from going outdoors to engage in innovative free play. Her interaction with children encourages them to use imaginative play outdoors, which was the norm years ago before the age of advanced technologies.
A couple of things that caught me right off were the colorful illustrations, the rhyming words that were well written. Another thing I liked is the glossy cover of which little finger prints can be wiped off.
The author brings out a good point through her book. Children of today's age, don't want to play outside and I myself see that they don't use their imaginations to make up games and things to do. Everything is so technical. That is another reason that I find this book so enchanting. It's sad to me and I believe to the author, that today's children are growing up way too fast. They need to be children, because adulthood and all the troubles come way too soon. The book is about Kaylee and her friends trying to find out why the sun has disappeared and where has it gone. Ms. Bean presents a valuable lesson for adults and children that we need to be appreciative of the people and the world in which we live. We should learn to use that imagination, if we don't, it will disappear. I believe that children should play outside as much as they can, riding bikes, playing tag, building things int he sand or with twigs or anything they can find. They don't need at such a young age to depend on electronics to keep them occupied. Let children be children. Adulthood is just around the corner. The author wrote a wonderful children's book with lots of lessons, wonderful illustrations and the rhyming words that keep a child's attention. This is a book that should be in everyone's home that has contact with children, in libraries and schools. Good lessons in an interesting, attention holding way.
I received a complimentary copy of COME BACK DEAR SUN from the author, Geena Bean for my view of the book. No other compensation took place.